Super Friends IPA | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Single Hop IPA featuring Citra that was fermented entirely with a proprietary blend of strains of Brettanomyces.

Added by akorsak on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of dogfishandi
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i took a drive to sheridan drive consumers when i seen it on there website. $22 a growler. listed as 6%.

at fridge temp, poured into a SA perfect pint glass. pours a beautiful hazy golden orange, nice hues of red in the light. big frothy slightly off white head with great retention. tons of sticky lace.

wow! big doses of resinous, pungent hops in the aroma. lots of lemony citrus, pungent aromas of raw freshly picked hops, floral, piney, its all there. behind all the hops, bits of musty funk come out more as it warms and mingle with the hops nicely.

very pungently hoppy bitter taste. lemon citrus, pungent pellet/ fresh picked cone like hoppiness. lots of ripe tropical fruitness, floral and piney as well. a light mustiness is present on the backend, but it is suddle. light acidic, back of the mouth sour on the finish. brett and the citra hops meld so nicely.

so resinous and bitter, no amount of touth brushing or cheese eating is going to get that out of your mouth, medium bodied, ample lively carbonation and just a light acidic sourness. super smooth and velvety, affects every part of your mouth.

so flavorful and oh so drinkable. im so glad i got a chance to taste this, kinda wish i got 2 growlers, great beer! by far one of the best ipas ive had.

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Photo of RichThatchr
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this on tap at the local release party at The Good Life in Massapequa Park, NY. It was served next to a unique brie pizza square with orange marmelade on top.

The cloudy brown ale sprouted a strong hops aroma, which I interpreted to possibly be Simcoe hops. I connected with a few others at my table about the Belgian-esque elements of brett in the mix after the first taste. I thought the hops were too dominant through out the taste.

As the ale warmed and the spicy ale became more apparent, I reflected on the drinkability, which is fine for beer geeks, but overall it would be a harder sell and undeserving of the hype surrounding it.

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Photo of klikger
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pours thoroughly enjoyed Darkness Day morning - thanks for hooking up the trade, levifunk!

A - Cloudy, amber-brown, decent lacing, small head

S - Simcoe = wet cat delicious, a touch of wild yeast

T - Lemons, grapefruit, a bit of brett --> fruity citrus & simcoe hops with a bit of sweet malt (which is overpowered by bitterness) --> finish is slightly sour, nicely bitter, and lingers for minutes

M - Light bodied, a little undercarbonated, but I can't mark it down too far (growler)

D - Bitter, not boozy, a little sour = keep 'em coming!

I'm so glad I was able to try this, and it was very good. I was expecting it to be amazing, and the brett doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped. That said, it's a great IPA, and I strongly encourage the brewing of more beers in this particular vein.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this review is done purely from memory, enjoyed at the beer fest saturday night session. seeing as how many beers were enjoyed on this night, one cAnnot expect to remember and review everything, but this beer.... THIS beer was spectacularly unbelievable! i felt i just had to put it in writing how awesome of a brew this is. if walking around a beer fest with a beer hat and straws in my mouth was acceptable, i would have hooked up to the tap at the ithaca table. fresh, crisp, light brett, pure tangerine bomb. so good. i felt like i had just bitten into the tastiest juciest tangerine in the world and went to heaven. seek it out, however you can and drink the fuck out of it. it was the ONLY beer i went back to get 2nd and 3rds of.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few glasses at Swift ..

Superfriends comes together with a bright bronze, golden nice looking beer here, A very respectable head, globs of stuff on the glass. Very vigorous condensed foam. Smell is citrus, mango, orange, some pine, brett that is top notch, A nice mix and it works. Taste is no different. Kinda middle ground between undead ed (super bretty) vs. Wild devil (super balanced) with a more west coast hop outcome. Citrus with orange and grapefruit, some sweets from a malting, the brett is clean and farmy, feel is medium, dry, crisp, lingering, nice! Really good beer here, I ordered more.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Swift Half for their Ithaca event

A: Orangish body with a moderate sized white head. Slightly hazy. Quickly receded but left behind a decent coating of lace.

S: Blast of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. No malt presence. Brett creeps in slightly.

T: Like the nose there is quite a bit of tropical fruit hoppiness. Minimal bitterness. Brett pushes forward a bit more, but does not become distracting. Not as lively a hop profile as the nose.

M: Medium carbonation with a moderate weight. Dry, somewhat refreshing. Would prefer a bit more crisp and bitter finish. The brett definitely draws the flavor out a bit longer than ideal for me.

D: I managed to plow through this one while watching the flyers game. Effortless and tasty.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the swift half pub. First time cool joint. Side by side with the cardonay barrel aged version.

A- comes to me with almost three fingers of rock dense off white head that rises above the glass a good inch and holds nicely. Head settles very slowly leaving tons of sticky lace on the glass. Hazy sunset copper orange in color. Great glow from the candle on the bar.

S- huge crisp citrus fruits and a clean semi funky brett hit. Hints of sweetness and spice.

T- opens up with a tug of war between some of the more citrusy hops I've come across and a assertive yet not overdone brett funk. Powdery yeastiness and fruits. Loads of citrus with lemons limes and tangerines and a bit of grapefruit but to a lesser extent, tropical fruits from the citra hops and funky yeast. Dry biscuits and some honey. Touches of spice in the middle to back.

M- midish body with a creeper stingy carb that grows and really efferveses nicely. Dry finish.

D- this is hands down the best brett ipa I've had, and the most drinkable to boot. I'm so glad I live in philly.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazed orange amber color with a slight white head. The Brett makes itself present but it beautifully trumped by tropical citrus hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Again the taste is more citrus forward with the brett taking back stage but overly everpresent. One kickass beer for sure. Very nice for sure. Brett does lingers on for sure. An interesting but good beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into unibroue chalice.

Pours a finger of off-white head. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Big floral nose with some brett showing. A lot of orange citrus. Some grapefruit as well. Floral and hoppy. I like it.

Taste: Bitter floral hops. Some herbal notes. Funky brett. Some orange and grapefruit citrus. A really clean ipa. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, smooth, creamy, and clean. It is refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with some hops.

Overall, it was a great ipa, but it reminded me more of a belgian ipa. Pretty drinkable. I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to soulforpeanuts.

Pours clear amber with a nice large bubble whitish head.

The aroma has loads of brett - funky with orange and grapefruit notes.

Very good flavor. Bretty funky with a little lemon and orange peel, caramel malt, grapefruit, and pineapple.

Medium-bodied and not at all syrupy with low carbonation, which I can't fault considering it came in a growler.

Really good beer overall. Innovative.

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Photo of AndrewNations
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So surprised with Thorpe429 pulled this growler out at a recent tasting. Incredibly thankful.

The color on this is nice and bright yellow with a bit of orange. You know, that "drink me now" color.

The nose was nice and consistent with the style. Lots of good nice fruit from the Citra.

Its amazing how well the hop and funk go together. The Brett C doesn't overpower the hop but rather compliments it nicely and lingers in the background and then finishes nice and dry almost like a Belgian pale.

Cant wait to have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Mike, thanks. Beer is yellow with a thin head of small and large bubbles that doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, its slightly hazy and the carbonation is low.

Aroma is like getting hit in the face with citra and amarillo hops. Its amazing. There is a secondary brett c aroma, kind of harsh plastic bandaid aroma but this is what that smells like.

Beer is light in body and smooth in the mouth. The hops are powerful and there is no sweetness to lead off. The beer is a little dry on the finish but overall its really nice. The Brett character comes through with a secondary harshness behind the strong hops. Such a fun concept beer. This is better than the wild devil I've had but those are the only two Brett IPAs I've managed to sample. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Gfunk720 for getting a growler of this out my way.

Pours a really nice bright orange color with a little bit of pink shading. Nice, long-lasting white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is just incredible, with loads of Citra coming through and bringing along tropical fruits and a bit of grapefruit rind. A mild funk lingers in the background, but the hops are much more prevalent.

The taste tons it down a bit, but the hop flavor is very, very nice. The bitterness and mild funk interact quite well. Nice, dry finish with good carbonation carrying the flavors. Really interesting and unique. I enjoyed this one immensely and really hope this gets brewed again on a larger scale.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Bobby.

A: The pour is a fairly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

S: Big time pineapple aroma that is mildly tart, very similar to the actual fruit. Some undertones of grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. It's got a bit of a wild character to it as well, like some Sauvignon Blancs have.

T: The bitterness is subdued, but I don't mind that here. Again, amazing pineapple takes over the beer and provides a nice sweet-sour contrast and a great fresh fruit flavor. The grapefruit is more pronounced on the palate.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is at a fairly high level, even with being in a growler.

D: This was actually quite a good IPA. I'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to IPAs from outside of California, but this was really nice.

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Photo of berkey
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler 10/14/10. Served tulip in a tulip. Wanted to save this for the weekend but a leaky growler caused me to push this tasting forward a few days. There's a small chance this beer was compromised by the leak but after tasting I'm reasonably certain it wasn't so I'm going to post this review.

Forms a very nicely retained fortune cookie colored head atop a pale orange body. Leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is loaded with grass and straight up orange. Not really getting much in the way of brett aromas but I didn't expect much of that as I find those take a lot of aging to really develop and and would likely be hard to pick out through the hops in any case.

Orange (both fruit and peel) and bitter grassy notes are still the biggest players on the flavor but the dry finish and earthiness often associated with brett manage to peek through. Hop grassiness is nice and plays well into the earthy character of the yeast but flirts with becoming overpowering after awhile. After finishing my review I noticed some others described this as tart or even sour but I didn't get that at all.

Overall this beer was a lot of fun, which is what these collaboration brews are really about in my opinion. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of samyoung
3.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Did Ithaca & Co. get in over their heads? I am not sure, yet am convinced that Jolly Pumpkin-style brews, which this brew aspires to, will at some point takeover the world - GO BLUE!

A - Orange and yellow with big-time cloudiness.
S - Citrus-y, urine-sour, very sour.
T - Hard-hitting, west coat IPA up-front, with a crazy sour finish unlike anything I have ever tasted.
M - Medium. Strong yet weak.
D - If the urine-y taste does not get to you, the sour-ness will.

This is the most inventive beer I have had in many, many months. While the taste and drink-ability are not perfect, the execution is...SOUR IPA? - YES PLEASE!!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to death to be able to say i was able to try this one. a super kind ba sent me a growler of this one and i could not wait to get ahold of it and brought it along for the bday party last night. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

watch an enormous pour here. deep, hazy amber color with just a ton of sediment in the bottom of the growler. huge head of white reaches a height of around three inches before settling back down into a thick lacing that coated the entire inside of the glass, really just amazing.

aroma is something i cannot say i have ever come across before. a huge and dominating citra aroma, that deep, sweet, sticky orange scent that you have come to love, but cut with a light tartness and thick buttery malt. the warmer it gets the more impressive by far. taste is only a step above this. tremendously fresh and full of citrus goodness it was like orange juice with its rich and wonderful fruit flavor. touches of sour apple bite at the tongue and the middle is sublimely balanced with rich buttery malts. simply amazing beer. the final sips are as perfect as the first as the juicy resin filled hops dominate everything in sight and just leave this one as simply stunning.

overall one of the best ipas i have ever had and soo worth its reputation. this did not dissapoint.

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Photo of dmgnyc
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a growler from Bierkraft in Park Slope, served in a tulip. Interesting brew to say the least. Pours a gorgeous murky orange with substantive head and good lacing. Aroma wise, it's not that different than Ithaca's excellent Flower Power IPA, with serious notes of oranges and grapefruit, but slightly sweeter than either. The nose is HUGE. And it initially tastes like a Flower Power too, until the Brett wallops you on the back end...even moreso after it's had a little time to warm up. It's almost like eating orange sour patch kids in reverse. Like Ghostbusters, I'm not generally one to cross the streams (i.e. adding Brett to an IPA), but in this case it makes for an extremely unique drinking experience, though not one I think I'd revisit too often (re: stomach burn from the brett). Like I said, interesting.

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Photo of nkersten
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, finally. Thanks to the Chicago crew for sharing this one. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head and good lacing. Smell is brett funk with lots of tropical fruit hops and little to no malt. Taste is hop forward, very floral, with some sugary malts and grassy notes. Not overly bitter with a good compliment of bretty funk. The brett goes surprisingly well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a medium carbonation that is clean but not too dry in the finish. I had low expectations going into this one and really enjoyed it. The hop flavors were great and the brett added a nice touch. An excellent IPA that is a little bit different.

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Photo of MysticRuler
3.25/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This Ale has a beautiful cloudy appearance and a gorgeous nose with accents of bitter lemon and overripe pineapple. Unfortunately the first sip put me off a bit. As someone else pointed out, there is a lemonade thing going on (must be the citra hops) but it never really balances out. The mouthfeel seems to be hotter than the alcohol level should produce, leading me again to point out the lack of balance. Things do even out a bit after the first sip, but not enough to counteract the unpleasantness. Not awful, but not something that I'd like to drink all night either.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Bronx Ale House.

The beer pours into the chalice a light gold and is super cloudy. There's a big, chunky white head that is persistent throughout. The aroma is extremely tart at first, with almost a lemonade thing going on. It could only be described as "funky." That's a result of the Brett, clearly. After the initial sour blast, you can focus on the delicious citrus hops lurking underneath. Tropical and mouth-watering.

Super Friends tastes excellent. The Brett certainly throws a great changeup into the IPA formula, but it would be nothing but a cheap gimmick if there wasn't a fine IPA lurking underneath. Thankfully, the IPA is damn solid. The hops come through with full force; a great tropical mix of orange and other citrus fruits. The tartness is light but noticeable, and adds just the right amount of kick. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light but very lively.

This is a very good beer, and you should try to grab some if you can find it. I think that the Brett/IPA combination is a winner, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see more breweries give it a try.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super Friends IPA has a reddish body with a white cap of foam on top. The foam looks fairly solid, and it leaves some pretty good lacing on the glass.

I sniffed my buddy's glass of this beer before I ordered mine and my initial reaction was "wow." The aroma is intensely fruity, especially grapefruit. The slightly edge of tartness or mineral character from the brett is noticeable too, although it is really just complimentary to the citra hops.

The flavor is no less impressive than the aroma. The bitterness is fairly low for how hoppy this beer is; mostly this is a hoppy fruit bomb. Lots of grapefruit with hints of generic citrus fruits from citra hops, and just a light tartness from the brett that compliments the hop profile very well. The yeast probably adds a little bit of fruitiness also, perhaps just a hint of green apple at the bottom. The malt is understated; it is rather pale and dry, really only adding enough to give this beer a backbone.

Mouthfeel is just a little bit oily, and pretty normal for the style.

This is a great beer. The brett and the hops complement each other very well. This beer is definitely worth seeking out if it lands somewhere near you.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Alex and Sean.

Growler into a Lost Abbey glass.

The beer is an ugly medium bread crust brown and the bottom of the growler has at least an inch of sludge...The aroma is musky right away, I knew it was brett as going in I didn't know it was brett ipa. Its fairly light though, bread, light pineapples, a little funk...The taste is also on the lighter side not overpowering sour which makes it easy to drink, but on the other hand I don't really get any hops which I was expecting. A little sweet and funky beer, not bad, not great, I give it credit for originality but not at all worthy of the lofty rating.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this beer without knowing what it was and I was initially quite taken. It's remarkably fruity and tart-ish, and backed by caramelish but dry malt speckled with hints of dirt, leather and must. Ahhh, Brettanomyces. Now it all makes sense. My first thought was that it was like a super-charged Orval, but going through it I found it to be much more than that.

The appearance was a heavily cloudy body that displayed a crimson-accented deep amber or dark orange marmalade depending on how you held the glass and how might light got through, beneath a long lasting head of bone-white froth that dropped along the sides of the glass to leave what looked like a Meringue cookie sitting in the center. The rings of lace about the glass could have been better, but I can't fault it given the initial showing.

Apricot appears in the nose, along with pineapple and perhaps some mango. It has some definite fruit 'pulp' to it. Brettanomyces is also there lending some nice leather, and muddy/mineral aromas to it. Unfortunately there's some "goat"-like and catty notes to it as well. The goat may be from the caprylic acids formed by the yeast, but the cattiness is most likely due to some oxidative effects. You don't pick it up so much at first because there's so much fruitiness going on, but as you become accustomed to it and it warms a bit a definite piss aroma (uric acid) appears.

Great mouthfeel.

The flavor delivers a brilliant blend of balanced malt, fruit, and other Brett notes. The malt, and the fruitiness (with all of its tart suggestions), appear solidly at first along with some leathery and lightly crushed granite-like notes. As they soften, more barnyard funk appears (manure, mud, and wet horse hair), and then a subtly metallic character appears. The bitterness is solid but it doesn't linger. Unfortunately, there's a bit of rotting vegetable character that starts to make it's way through in the finish which isn't great. However...

As to drinkability, I had two bottles and enjoyed them both except for the piss aroma, which can be off-putting. You need to have a kind of push and pull with beers like this, looking past certain aspects as a trade-off for the brilliant others that it offers. If you like gueuze, fear not. Certainly worth trying!

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy amber topped by a thick one finger head of dark beige. A gentle swirl leaves veritable sheets of fine bubbled lace on the glass.

The smell is full of tart yeast, grapefruit, orange peel, light funk, lemon, neutral sweet, hints of floral, even lighter hints of pale malt.

The taste. What can I say? This is so starkly delicious that a clinical treatment of flavors seems inadequate. It starts with grapefruit, orange, zinging the palate, followed by tart yeast, some light funk, a malty sweet, then carries through with these flavors into a finish that is sweet, funky, bitter pith, orange/lemony, just a hint of floral and herbal bitter. Astounding balance and fantastically bright clean flavors make a taste that is singularly delicious. The light funk makes it a masterpiece.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right carb., just the right viscosity, and an epic finish that never destroys the palate.

Drinkability is almost as good as an IPA can get.

Impression: In a year when the finest IPA ever made are available this one goes to the top tier of terrific tastes. Unlikely you will have opportunity to get this, but it is an absolutely must try. Planned to trade my other growler. Forget it, no one would trade its equivalent delight.

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Super Friends IPA from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 70 ratings